Former Salpointe standout Yannira Acuña is a USA Softball Top 25 Player of the Year Finalist

(ASU Photo)

Former Salpointe standout Yannira Acuña was name done of the Top 25 Finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. The ASU senior is one of only two outfielders recognized this year.

The Top 10 will be released on May 4 and the Top 3 will be released on May 18. The winner will be named prior to the College World Series.

This list will be updated all year in an effort to recognize all former local prep stars who have gone on to achieve either academic and/or athletic awards at the next level. These are not high school awards but collegiate and professional recognitions. NOT CHAMPIONSHIPS. If you are aware of anything I have missed along the way, please let me know. amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

Portions from news release.

We’ve recognized 40 athletes in 2022 – we had 207 athletes recognized in 2021.

Yannira Acuña/Softball
Pac-12 Player of the Week (3/28)
USA Softball Top 25 Finalist (4/20)

Carlie Scupin/Softball
Arizona Sophomore of the Year (4/18)

Brooks Fail/Swim
Catalina Foothills/Arizona
Arizona Outstanding Career (4/18)

Stanley Berryhill III/Football
Mountain View/Arizona
Arizona Outstanding Career Nominee (4/18)

Abby Russell/Beach Volleyball
Arizona Sophomore of the Year Nominee (4/18)

Alex Parkhurst/Beach Volleyball
Arizona Junior of the Year Nominee (4/18)

Elise Muñoz/Softball
ACCAC Player of the Week (4/11)

Emily Darwin/Softball
ACCAC Pitcher of the Week (3/21)
ACCAC Pitcher of the Week (4/11)

Morgan Nash/Beach Volleyball
All-GSAC Team

Brianna Hardy/Softball
Buena/Phoenix College
Most Decorated Athlete in NJCAA (3/31)

Jessie Niegocki/Softball
Mountain View/Rider
MAAC Pitcher of the Week (4/5)

Delaney Schnell/Diving
Pac-12 Diver of the Meet (2/26)
Pac-12 Diver of the Year (4/4)

Danielle Jamieson/Softball
Cal-Pac Player of the Week (4/4)

Mitchell Effing/Track and Field
Flowing Wells/NAU
Big Sky Freshman of the Year (3/4)

Turner Washington/Track and Field
Canyon del Oro/ASU
West Region Athlete of the Year (3/17)
Bowerman Watch List (3/24)

Katie Faulk/Softball
Utah All As Reception (3/29)

Halle Morris/Softball
Canyon del Oro/Utah
Utah All As Reception (3/29)

Grant Nations/Swim
Utah All As Reception (3/29)

Kimberly McDaniels/Softball
PAC Freshman of the Week (3/28)

Kelsey Siemons/Basketball
Catalina Foothills/Colorado Mesa
RMAC Player of the Week (1/31)
RMAC All-Academic Team (1/31)
CoSIDA Academic All-District (2/17)
RMAC 2nd Team All-Conference (3/2)
RMAC Summit Award Winner (3/4)

Jazzy Hughes/Basketball
Mountain View/CSU Pueblo
RMAC Academic Honor Roll (1/31)
RMAC 2nd Team All-Conference (3/2)

Summer Fox/Basketball
Pueblo/Black Hills State
RMAC Academic Honor Roll (1/31)

Vanessa Brink/Softball
Cal Pac Pitcher of the Week (3/14)

Conner Verdugo/Basketball
Walden Grove/Embry-Riddle
Cal Pac All-Academic (3/4)

Chase Verdugo/Basketball
Walden Grove/Embry-Riddle
Cal Pac All-Academic (3/4)

Sierra Gaskill/Softball
Cal Pac POW Nominee (2/28)

Ana Rodriguez/Softball
Tucson/Central Arizona
ACCAC D-I Pitcher and POW (3/7)

Reece Gardner/Track and Field
NJCAA All-American: Heptathlon (3/5)
Aztecs Student-Athlete of the Week (3/8)

Joel Gardner/Track and Field
Ironwood Ridge/Pima
NJCAA All-American: 5,000 (3/5)

Lucy Chavez/Track and Field
NJCAA All-American: WT (3/5)

Jaida Olson/Track and Field
Pusch Ridge/Pima
NJCAA All-American: Pole Vault (3/5)

Tianna Carter/Basketball
Canyon del Oro/NC Central
MEAC Player of the Week (2/8)

Angel Addleman/Basketball
Palo Verde/Pima
ACCAC D-II Player of the Week (1/5)
Second Team All-ACCAC (2/26)
First Team All-Region I, Division II (2/26)

Nikya Orange/Basketball
Tanque Verde/Pima
Third Team All-ACCAC (2/26)
First Team All-Region I, Division II (2/26)

Luisayde Chavez/Basketball
Rio Rico/Pima
Third Team All-ACCAC (2/26)
Second Team All-Region I, Division II (2/26)

Daniel Moody/Basketball
Walden Grove/Pima
All-ACCAC Honorable Mention (2/24)
Second Team All-Region I, Division II (2/24)

Mikayla Santa Cruz/Softball
Canyon del Oro/Creighton
BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week (2/14)
UTEP Invitational All-Tournament (2/14)

Max Hernandez/Volleyball
Golden Eagle Athlete of the Week (2/7)

Kevin Jimenez/Baseball
Nogales/New Mexico State
PG Preseason WAC Team (2/4)

Jack Langan/Baseball
NCAA D-III SAAC Member (1/27)

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